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11 Fabulous Foods You Must Try On Your Trip To Turkey

Ryan September 24th, 2015
11 Fabulous Foods You Must Try On Your Trip To Turkey


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1. Kebap

Kebap, the cornerstone of modern Turkish cuisine, simply means “charcoal-grilled” and includes dishes as disparate as kestane kebap roasted chestnuts sold in paper bags by street vendors on winter days.

2. Simit

This humble snack traces its roots to the 16th century. Today the sesame encrusted simit is both a breakfast staple and a popular street food.

3. Kahvalti

The Turkish breakfast will make even the committed night owl a morning person. Oven fresh bread accompanied by honey and Turkish clotted cream (or kaymak).

4. Turkish Delights

Turks call these delicate cubes of jelly lokum, which derives from the Arabic word for “morsels.” The confection comes in a dazzling variety of flavors, shapes, and colors and is dusted with icing sugar or coconut and sold by the handful in picturesque boxes.

5. Baklava

This dessert actually hails from Central Asia and spread from there throughout the Ottoman world.

6. Fruits and Nuts

That tub of Nutella on your breakfast table probably started life in an orchard in the Black Sea provinces of Giresun or Ordu, Turkey accounts for 75% of the global hazelnut crop.

7. Pide

Also known as “Turkish pizza,” pide is flatbread baked in a wood-fired oven. It comes with a variety of meaty toppings: sucuk (Turkish sausage), pastrami, and minced (kıyma) or chopped (kuşbaşı) lamb meat are popular offerings.

8. Manti

This version of dumplings is served with dollops of fresh, tart yogurt, doused with melted butter, and sprinkled with chopped herbs and chili flakes. It’s as tasty as it sounds.

9. Dolma and Sarma

Turkish dolma is a dish where rice and meat gets stuffed into hollowed out peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, or dried eggplants, then slowly braised. Sarma sees the same ingredients rolled in vine or cabbage leaves.

10. Kurufasulye

This modest dish of creamy blond beans stewed in tomato gravy has adherents whose sensitive palates can distinguish which usta (master) cooked the dish from among thousands of beaneries dotting the country.

11. Tavuk Gögsü

This strange looking blend of boiled chicken, milk, and sugar that’s been dusted with cinnamon is perhaps surprisingly delicious.

Over to you

What are some of the best Turkish dishes you've ever had? Where are some of the best Turkish restaurants? What other international foods would you recommed everyone should try? Are we missing any on this list? Share your thoughts and travel tips to help other world travelers. 

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